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Dec 30, 2012 8:00am PST
can't happen at the last minute, but to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, to avoid taxes being raised on middle class folks and on 98% of america to avoid, in my view, a sequestration that would be very damaging to the defense and nondefense sides, there's an agreement that's possible, and, you know, there are four issues that are outstanding. each of them is bridgeable in a certain way. they are, we believe that the bush tax cuts should go up for people above $250,000 income a year. there is a disagreement on estate tax. we prefer the 2009 levels. jon would prefer something else. whether unemployment insurance is included in, we feel that's very important, and then whether you use some small portion of the revenues you gain from the tax increases to pay down sequestration per year. those would be the four areas they have to come to agreement on. there are some areas i think there is agreement. dealing with the amt patch so that middle class people don't go up, the sgr, the medicare and some tax expenditures on business and middle -- >> let's be clear here. you're talking about extend
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 11:35pm PST
amsterdam and back all in business class. >> total cost, just the taxes, $60 each, plus 120,000 frequent flier miles each, which sounds high, but not when you're what rick is, a frequent flier millionaire, one who wants to teach us a few tricks on how to be that millionaire also. >> does anybody in this room sign up for a credit card primarily to get a sign-up bonus? >> reporter: did you know you can get miles by the millions without ever flying? these folks are smiling because they do know that. >> the most important one to be able to say is i have never been late on a payment. >> reporter: the first method, cashing in on credit card bonuses. lots of banks now offer new credit card holders sign-up bonuses of 20,000, 40,000, sometimes 70,000 miles or points. rick teaches that people who have shaky credit who cannot pay their bills in full every month or for applying for a mortgage in the near future should not be playing this game. within the fraternity of extreme frequent flyers, it's controversial that any of these secrets are getting out. but rick started a guide called frugal travel
ABC
Dec 26, 2012 4:00am PST
class not faced with any sort of tax hike, which there are $500 billion worth of tax hikes expected on january 1st. republicans are saying that spending cuts. they want to see more of that. and democrats do not want to go off of their focus on where they are right now, to get to that point. that's really a big divide that both the white house and capitol hill is facing right now. >> let's look at everyone left for christmas break. this seemed like it was going nowhere. is there any hope over the next few days that a deal is going to be reached? or are we just going straight off the cliff? >> reporter: well, the president says he hopes that members of congress will bring some eggnog and sing some christmas carols and come back. but it looks like it will take more than just some christmas cheer to get them to move off of their positions. the president, before he left, said he remains optimistic that some sort of a deal can be struck. but the reality is, they only have a matter of days. december 31st is when all of this has to be agreed by. and so, the clock is ticking, guys. >> all right
ABC
Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm PST
. house members not due back ununtil sunday. that is two days before the tax increases take affect. boehner is putting the ball in the court and says the house will take action on whatever the senate can pass. the president has spoken to senate and house leaders from both parties but had no plans to meet with congressional leaders tonight or tomorrow. >> three people have filed a federal lawsuit against city of san francisco arks kusing the police department of conducting illegal searches. this occurred at the henry hotel. saying police officers entered room was a master key provided by the hotel, then, began searching through personal belongings without warrants or just cause. thist@2p is camera footage of te searches by public defender last year. the suit filed by civil rights attorney john buress naming four officers. >> a slew of new laws set to hit the books january 1 from new rules on the road to sales tax increases for sm.=i=r? we're live to preview some of the new rules and laws. nannette? californians taxes will go up in just a few days. the income tax will go up for high
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 5:30pm PST
left before taxes go up for all americans and federal programs see major cuts. we've shown you the math here. the average american household would see their tax bill go up nearly $3,500. this evening, president obama telling congress, the american people are watching what we're doing here. he appeared in the briefing room a short time ago. let's go right to jon carl tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. there are finally signs of life here in washington. after meeting with congressional leaders here at the white house, the president pronounced himself modestly optimistic that a bipartisan agreement can finally be struck that would prevent taxes from going up on virtually everybody in just four days. after meeting with the congressional leaders, the president said there would be one more effort to come to a bipartisan agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> the hour for immediate action is here. it is now. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically, self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: there are signs of progress. mit
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 5:00pm PST
. >> late movement on a possible tax cut deal. new details on what could keep the nation from falling off the fiscal cliff. >> there is an app for just about everything, now, being cute on video. >>> there is movement in wad on a possibly tax cut deal that could avoid the dread td fiscal cliff. president met with house and senate leaders from both parties. president obama later revealed senate majority and minority leaders working behind closed doors right now to koum come up with a deal. he says he's optimistic but he talked about a back up plan. >> will urge senator read to bring a basic package to preproe detective the middle class from a hike. >> no details given but sources indicate the president did not make a new offer to republicans and pushed for a bill stopping looming tax increases on families earning less than $250,000 a year. >> a 24-year-old woman charged in qex killing of two volunteer firefighters in upstate new york on christmas eve. dawn nguyen accused of file filing a falsified business record, investigators say charges relate to purchase of an ar 15 rifle, and 12 g
ABC
Dec 27, 2012 5:30pm PST
very well go over that fiscal cliff. now, just five days until everyone's taxes go up. how much for the average american family? here's our chief white house correspondent jon karl tonight. >> reporter: president obama cut short his hawaiian vacation, where storm clouds, real storm clouds, are gathering over the capitol. instead of deal making, it's name calling. the top democrat in the senate, accusing the republican speaker of the house of running a dictatorship. they say they haven't given up, but it sure sounds that way. >> i don't know, time-wise, how it can happen now. >> here we are, once again, at the end of the year, staring at a crisis we should have dealt with literally months ago. >> reporter: vice president biden made a rare appearance in the senate, not to negotiate -- >> i do. >> congratulations, senator. >> reporter: but to swear in a new democratic senator from hawaii. a vote the white house will need if the senate ever gets around to voting on a plan to avert the fiscal cliff. in the house, even less going on. the only hopeful words, from the house chaplain, lookin
ABC
Dec 26, 2012 4:00pm PST
congressional republicans. if there is no break through, every american will be hit with higher taxes. a schoolteacher with two kids and a salary of $43,000 will face a tax hike of $3,000. the super rich like lebron james would see his tax goes up more thanhóÁ$2.4 million this year. >> i want us to not go over the cliff. i think it hurts the country. >> middle class people shouldn't have tax goes up?(héq $2,000 a year, we should start making some meaningful reform on debt. >> going over the fiscal cliff mean morz than higher taxes. federal workers at risk of being furloughed and unemployment benefits for two million people could expire saying the nation will fall back into a recession. there are reports hairy reed is now working on a smaller deal than the one the president negotiate yatesed with house speaker john boehner. >> the package reportedly preventing tax increases on middle class families and cut some spending programs but it's not clear such a plan could pass. >> star bucks is using its coffee cups to jump into washington politics. the world's biggest coffee chain asking emp
ABC
Dec 26, 2012 5:00pm PST
consumers are waitsing for politicians to agrow on a budget and tax autos where there is that uncertainty, they'll be more conservative in investments and inventories and new store growth but we're going to have some indications of what directions we're going in the next few weeks and days. >> it affects the rest of the supply chain that already are working months head. shoppers sense retailers pampbiced with prechristmas discounts. >> everything now is already the same as what it was before. >> this sounds like they need to move inventory. >> definitely. >> that means stores may in the be expanded and prapts people won't be hired or retained. some retailers hoping that shoppers who receive gift cards might be spending them, soon. >> david, thank you. president obama cut short his christmas vacation in hawaii to return to bash wash -- bash bash. -- washington he's going to work on a deal to avoid the so called fiscal cliff. there are five days remaining before hikes are scheduled to take affect. senate due back in session tomorrow nork indication of new proposals on the table.
ABC
Dec 22, 2012 4:00am PST
turn, now, to the fiscal cliff getting closer. just ten days until everybody's taxes go up and spending cuts kick in. and washington's a ghost town with no deal in sight. talks halted until after christmas, leaving just a few days to bang out some kind of plan before the deadline. abc's david kerley has the latest from the white house. david, before leaving us on the holidays with his family, the president urged lawmakers to find some common ground for these coming days. but it doesn't seem to be happening right now. >> reporter: the president in that same message, gave up on the big deal for right now. he wants a stop-gap measure to keep taxes from going up. and a framework for a deal next year. and the president's not in this house, either. this morning, the president arrived in his home state of hawaii for the holidays. before leaving, he told members of congress to cool down. have some eggnog and christmas cookies and come back and make a deal. >> nobody can get 100% of what they want. and this is not simply a contest between parties, in terms of who looks good and who does
ABC
Dec 29, 2012 11:00pm PST
preinvestigate a tax increase for roughly 98 of american workers, and extend unemployment benefits set to expire for two million people, and cut payments in medicare doctors. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> the 11th hour evident comes after the president met with the congressional leadership at the white house. his first such meeting in six weeks. even if mcconnell and reid come to agreement, there's no guarantee it will pass before the end of the year. the agreement represents what the president called the bare minimum. extending tax cuts, while doing nothing to curb spend organize address the long-term deficit crisis. if they fail to even pass a minideal, virtually everybody's income taxes will good up. the average family paying an extra $3,446 a year. and even if the income tax cuts are extended, virtually all workers are due to see less in their paychecks starting in january when the temporary 2% payroll tax cut is set to expire. >> senate leaders are headed back into session tomorrow mor
ABC
Dec 29, 2012 5:00am PST
than three days left before taxes go up for almost all americans and several programs see major cuts. president obama met with republican and democratic leaders yesterday in a high stakes meeting at the white house. senate leaders will debate a new plan over the weekend, hoping to have a deal to vote on by monday. then it will go to the house. the president said a deal is critical for the nation. >> economists, business leaders all think we are poised to grow in 2013 as long as politics in washington don't get in the way of america's progress. so we've got to get this done. >> in the event congress does not make a deal, here's how the physical cliff could affect you. first, income taxes will go up substantially. a middle class family will pay about $2,000 more per year. gas prices will likely fall because individuals will have to spend lesson fuel. you could see longer lines at the airport because budget cuts would force the tsa to cut its staff and retail prices may fall because declining consumer confidence would push retailers to offer discounts to get shoppers into their stores.
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 4:00am PST
fiscal cliff which would mean everyone's taxes will go up and sharp spending cuts will go effect that could drive our economy back into recession. to abc news white house correspondent jonathan karl filling in today for george stephanopoulos as host of abc's "this week." >> hey, jon, good morning. i know today and tomorrow obviously hugely important. can you sort of walk us through the potential order of operations? what could we see play out today and tomorrow? >> well, it is right down to the wire, dan. what's happening right now is harry reid and mitch mcconnell, the top democrat and republican in the senate are still negotiating their staffs at this hour. they are supposed to be working until about 3:00 this afternoon when the plan would be presented to both caucuses. as we understand what they are talking about is the bare minimum. basically the senate negotiating to extend those tax cuts for everybody making under $250,000 a year and do extend unemployment benefits also they're talking about trying to do something to stop the automatic spending cuts that go into effect but
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 11:00am PST
if they don't? comedies 31st, more than 500 billion dollars in -- in tax increases and more than 100 billion dollars in government spending cuts are set to take effect. what happens january 1st, is less than certain. if congress and the president miss the deadline investors could panic sending the shakey stock market into a downward spiral. businesses and consumers could lose confidence and cutback on spending. a recession would not be immediate as long as all parties are working on a deal taxes and cuts could be kept at bay for a few weeks and repealed retroactively. if they never agree taxes would go up $2400 for families. americans would feel cuts to government services and an estimated 3 boy 4 million jobs would be -- 3.4 million jobs would be lost. while the political blame game continues. >> we are here in washington, working. while the members of house of representatives are out watching movies and watching their kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i toe the president we'll be happy to look at whatever he proposes. but the tru
ABC
Dec 24, 2012 4:00am PST
who is to blame for the lack of progress. to prevent the tax hikes and spending cuts from aching effect january 1st. meanwhile, connecticut's independent senator, joe lieberman, expects congress to work right up until the new year's eve deadline. he's not sure that will be enough. >> it's the first time that i feel like it's more likely that we'll go over the cliff than not. if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time. >> the president and congress are on short holiday breaks. they're due back later in the week. one possibility in all of this mess is a partial deal on taxes while putting off agreement on spending until some time down the road. >>> former president george h.w. bush may be spending christmas in the hospital. he's been there since thanksgiving. he's battling bronchitis and a lingering cough. doctors say he's in stable condition but needs to build up his energy. >>> south africans are sending warm wishes to former president nelson mandela. he's been in the hospital for more than two weeks
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
, combination of spending cuts and tax hikes with will go into effect unless lawmakers can broker a deal before the end of the year. will meet with congressional white house. it may be too late for a deal. there are just four days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. jive to be very honest mr. president, -- >> i have to be very honest mr. president, i don't know time-wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid]vtkÑ lashed ot at speaker boehner accusing him of running a tar forship. >> john boehner seems to -- >> reporter: republican leaders blame democrats for the standoff and say there are limits to a compromise. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank cheque or anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. that wouldn't be fair to the american people. >> reporter: president obama flew home early from his hawaii vacation yesterday. speaker boehner call the house back into town for an unusual sunday session. members of congress understand the 11th hour acts may not be enough to appease the public
ABC
Dec 29, 2012 4:00am PST
fiscal cliff, sending everybody's taxes up and possibly sending the country into another recession. it's down to the wire with just three days left. and abc's lisa stark has the latest on the last-minute wheeling and dealing being done in washington. good morning, lisa. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. well, the next 24 hours are critical. the president this morning in his radio address, told lawmakers don't let washington politics get in the way of american progress. so, the last-ditch attempt is on the way to put together a deal. and the ball is in the senate's court. there's nothing like a deadline to force action. the president met with congressional leaders friday for the first time in six weeks. then, proclaimed himself modestly optimistic. but warned -- >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. >> reporter: with the clock running out, here's the game plan. the democratic and republican leaders in the senate will spend day trying to hash out a bipartisan agreement. >> i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> reporter: but if there
ABC
Dec 23, 2012 5:00am PST
empty through the empty hauls. >> the president's solution of raising tax rates would still be ready -- >> the republican ledder took a swipe at democrats. >> i'm stuck here trying to prevent my fellow kentuckians from having to shell out more money next year. >> when the speaker announced $800 billion in revenue by limiting deductions, the speaker asked what do i get? the president responded you get nothing, i get that for free. and the president is now hoping to get a small deal. extend middle class tax rates, extend some unemployment benefits and agree to a framework for a big deal. >> that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> can it? consider speaker boehner's other words which are really echoing about making a deal. >> how we get there, god only knows. >> the president wasted no time getting into vacation mode. he played golf on saturday. staff members from both sides will exchange e-mails and phone calls over the next couple days. congress expected to be back at work on thursday. david curly, abc news, the white house. >> president obama is expected to attend
ABC
Dec 23, 2012 4:00am PST
continues to run down, just nine days before we go over the fiscal cliff and everybody's taxes go up. i'm sure a lot of us feel they shouldn't be taking off. >> let's bring in george stephanopoulos. great to see you, george. things are coming down to the wire. what are the odds they can come up with a deal especially republicans can't agree. >> those talks completely collapsed this week and ended once and for all when john boehner couldn't even pass his backup plan in the house on thursday. the only possibility right now would be some kind of a very small -- some measure that would just extend the tax cuts for everyone earning under $250,000. it should be a lot of protection for a lot of people but even that will be difficult. you get it only if there's a promise not to filibuster that in the senate and the house speaker agrees to take it up. both of those questions are very open right now. >> a lot of open questions and high establishes for a lot of people. let me ask you about another big issue in washington right now. in this toxic environment any chance that the president can
ABC
Dec 24, 2012 5:00am PST
. >> the president: i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that spreads tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for two million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on growth and deficient the city reduction. >> president's solution of raising tax rates could be red ink for as far as the eye can see. >> reporter: the partisan bickering has put the country on the brink of potential economic crisis. >> it is the first time that i feel it is more likely that we will go over the cliff than not. that, if we allow that to happen, it will be thekñg)p mot colossal consequential act of congressional responsibility in a long time. >> reporter: president obama is in hawaii for christmas. he says, he will cut his vacation short to try to hammer out a deal. the deadline a week way andrew spencer, reporting. >>> president obama is giving federal employees a present, he's issued an executive order giving workers at most federal departments the day off today, it excludes workers who have to remain on duty for reasons of national security,
ABC
Dec 26, 2012 11:00am PST
washington. lawmakers have less than a week to come up to agreement on how to avoid tax increases and spending cuts set to go into effect january. the first lady and the couple's two daughters will remain in hawaii for another 10 days. >>> for the first time starbucks' employees are being asked to write other than names on cups. the chain is asking employees in washington, d.c. to scribble the words "come together." as a message to lawmakers to settle the fiscal cliff. >> some spots blue skies, some parts grey clouds. >> interesting the colors you will see out there rainbow colors out there and we've had some in the south baylor, i'll show you one from mountain view, san jose we just had moderate rain roll through downtown, darker clouds off to the west there and that's what is going to head up into the santa cruz mountains shortly. one other advantage point, at least this side of san francisco, we are on the embarcadero side at front and vallejo streets where it looks quiet. if you look back the other way, rain coming in. san francisco heading out here any second the -- let's look at
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 11:00pm PST
fiscal cliff. there are fewer than four days left for taxes to go up for all-americans. the president met with republican and democratic leaders today to discuss a time frame for the next few days. it starts with the senate leaders who are currently discussing the plan. they hope to have a deal ready for review and possible vote on monday. and then it would head to the house. the president says a deal is critical for the country. >> economists, business leaders all think we are poised to grow in 2013. as long as politics in washington don't get in the way of america's progress. so we've got to get this done. >> in the event congress does not get it done, does not make a deal, here is how the physician physician -- the fiscal cliff could affect you. a middle class family would pay $2,000 more per year. gas prices will likely fall because people will spend less on fuel. you may see longer lines at the airports. budget cuts could leave the tsa with fewer checkpoint and retail prices may fall because declining consumer confidence would push down prices to get shoppers in the stores. we shall
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 4:00am PST
fiscal cliff would bring massive tax increases and deep spending cuts. the treasury department would have trouble paying its bills. many economists worry the financial woes would plunge the u.s. back into a recession. just one possible effect of the fiscal cliff. milk prices could spike $2 or $3 a gallon, because farm programs will expire at the end of the year. some are calling that dairy cliff. live in new york, wendy gillette. >> wendy gillette in new york. thank you. >>> the country has lost one of its great warriors. tributes are pouring in this morning for retired general norman schwarzkopf. the general died yesterday in tampa after a battle with pneumonia. schwarzkopf commanded "operation desert storm" that drove iraqi forces from kuwait. in retirement, he championed causes. norman schwarzkopf was 78. >>> now, to former president george h.w. bush's condition. his chief of staff says he will be in the hospital for a while. the 41st president is recovering from a terrible case of bronchitis with a series of complications. she says that mr. bush is getting excellent medical treat
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 4:30am PST
district decided to close the stations after voters rejected a temporary parcel tax in november. closures affect stations in clayton, lafayette, martinez and walnut creek. the meetings will start january 7th, in lafayette, a week before the first closures take effect. 24 other stations will remain open. >>> this morning a san jose high school band will rehearse one final time before heading to southern california this afternoon to perform in the tournament of roses parade. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> san jose's valley christian high is not only marching in the parade but the first band to team up with performers from another nation, high school in beijing, before yesterday the only time the two groups met face-to-face was on a visit to china that valley christian made in april. the school provided this video the two bands have been practicing for more than a year. while language is a barrier, music is the common denominator. >> very excited about the opportunity, the challenge is the limited rehearsal time that's what we are doing. >> you can watch the valley christian-beijing fusion ban
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 2:00am PST
that would preinvestigate a tax increase for roughly 98 of american workers, and extend unemployment benefits set to expire for two million people, and cut payments in medicare doctors. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> the 11th hour evident comes after the president met with the congressional leadership at thh. his first such meeting in six weeks. even if mcconnell and reid come to agreement, there's no guarantee it will pass before the end of the year. the agreement represents what the president called the bare minimum. extending tax cuts, while doing nothing to curb spend organize address the long-term deficit crisis. if they fail to even pass a minideal, virtually everybody's income taxes will good up. the average family paying an extra $3,446 a year. and even if the income tax cuts are extended, virtually all workers are due to see less in their paychecks starting in january when the temporary 2% payroll tax cut is set to expire. >> senate leaders are headed back into session tomorrow
ABC
Dec 26, 2012 2:40am PST
northeast. and then there's the issue of the fiscal cliff and higher taxes. >> i think the worries of what we're going to be dealing with at the end of the year has curbed our spending, for sure. >> reporter: retailers today are trying to outdo one another with deals, often better than what was offered the day after thanksgiving. amazon offering a 46-inch tv, marked down 44% for just $338. best buy is cutting the price of a nikon camera. and a cashmere sweater from bloomingdale's, just $89.99. last year shoppers spent more than $7 billion on the day after christmas. bargains have become a post holiday tradition. whether you're shopping in stores or surfing for discounts and free shipping from online venders, retailers are looking for you on what may be the fifth busiest shopping day of the year. brad wheelis, abc news, los angeles. >> i think you have the right idea. we should go shopping when we're done. online venders still offering free shipping. just go online and find the coupons. it's that simple. >> yes. from shopping to the big games, coming up, we'll take a look at the nba ga
ABC
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am PST
mandatory budget cuts and tax increases kick in on >>> netflix wants to get into the social networking game. >> new ceo of yahoo plans to make appearance at upcoming electronics show in las vegas. >>> goodÚç morning ellen. >>> good morning. the big consumer electronics of -- marissa mayer, a lot of hope she is expected to be there. she is an ing partiesanaÑ, one-on-one meetings trying -- trying to reestablish the sometimes rocky relationship that yahoo has had with 17 minutes into the trading session little change, we are seeing gains, for the dow, for the nasdaq as well as s&p. bloomberg index has been in the negative since we opened, a lot of wait and see about what is going to happen now that the president and congress are returning to washington today to deal with fukushima daiichi -- to deal with the fiscal omq= cliff issu. retailers are doing a better job of controlling inventories, macy's and abercrombie & fitch don't have as much merchandise leftover they need to clear out.÷s+0t netflix trying if get more social, it is waiting for president obama to sign a bill p
ABC
Dec 29, 2012 1:05am PST
fiscal cliff. there are fewer than four days left for taxes to go up for all-americans. the president met with republican and democratic leaders today to discuss a time frame for the next few days. it starts with the senate leaders who are currently discussing the plan. they hope to have a deal ready for review and possible vote on monday. and then it would head to the house. the president says a deal is critical for the country. >> economists, business leaders all think we are poised to grow in 2013. as long as politics in washington don't get in the way of america's progress. so we've got to get this done. >> in the event congress does not get it done, does not make a deal, here is how the physician physician -- the fiscal cliff could affect you. a middle class family would pay $2,000 more per year. gas prices will likely fall because people will spend less on fuel. you may see longer lines at the airports. budget cuts could leave the tsa with fewer checkpoint and retail prices may fall because declining consumer confidence would push down prices to get shoppers in the sto
ABC
Dec 22, 2012 5:30pm PST
tonight would echo through the empty halls. >> the president's solution of raising taxes -- >> reporter: the republican leader of the senate took a holiday swipe at democrats. >> i'm stuck here at washington. trying to prevent my fellow kentuckyians from shelling out more money to uncle sam next year. >> reporter: we're learning more tonight about how the negotiations fell apart. the wall street journal quoting unnamed sources said that when the speaker offered $800 billion in revenue by limiting deductions the speaker asked, what do i get? the president reportedly responded, you get nothing, i get that for free. unable to agree on a big deal, on taxes and entitlements, the president is now hoping to get a small deal, extend middle-class tax rates and agree to a framework for a big deal. >> that's an achievable goal, that can get done in ten days. >> reporter: can it? consider the speaker's other words which are really echoing about making a deal. >> how we get there, god only knows. >> the president wasted no time getting into vacation mode. he went golfing today in hawaii. white house
ABC
Dec 27, 2012 1:40am PST
the fiscal cliff. >> unless the president obama and congress can reach a deal by the new year, tax increases and spending cuts will automatically take effect. >> and the clock is ticking. >>> of course, when we look back at this year, president obama's re-election was one of the biggest political stories of the year. all others, you could say, they pealed in comparison. >> with the first of our year-enders, here's abc's karen travers. >> reporter: to win a second term, president obama had to overcome a well funded opponent, a struggling economy, and voters' doubts that he had the right agenda to turn the nation around. [ chanting ] >> all: four more years! >> reporter: and after a roller coaster season, he got them. mitt romney may have started off at the frontrunner, but to win the republican nomination, he had to fend off some feisty challengers. >> he's the worst republican in the country to put up against barack obama. >> the odds are very high i'm going to be the nominee. >> reporter: and overcome some self-inflicted wounds. >> i like being able to fire people who provide serv
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 12:00am PST
blaming them for a crash on the taxes on the rich. >> the white house is ready for christmas. the first lady gave a tour of the presidential decorations and that is not it. >> how do you know? maybe they have been growing something in the garden. >>> the white house released their holiday card. it is a realistic painting. it's the obama family dog in front of the white house. the painting was done in black and white. it's based on a color photo. that's the original photo. it was a little too colorful for me. a very colorful. i think beau might be getting to the obama supply of centrum. speaking of the holiday spirit this is nice. this happened in thanksgiving. a station in kentucky was doing a live report from a shelter that does an annual thanksgiving dinner. keep an eye on what goes on in the background in tonight's edition of "behind the news. >> what are you thankful this thanksgiving? >> this thanksgiving i'm thankful i see all these men and women in this hotel who come in and have a good thanksgiving and share it with us that i have my life back, my grandchildren, my son. i
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Dec 22, 2012 12:00am PST
, french, french wine, french, french, french. >> all write offs right? all tax deductible. that's research for the role. you really did that. >> i really did that. i'm a serious actor. >> jimmy: was anyone convinced you were doing this for the role? >> nobody. but after the third bottle of wine i would sing a lot. but it was embarrassing. i went on this road trip right down to st. tropez and the first town we got to -- i was driving in a car with a gps. and some of them have the name of the street you are on. we turn on this town and going down the main street and we're on avenue victor hugo. this is amazing. this -- let's find the street sign. we pull over. i get out. i'm like come on, kids. we take a photo. and victor hugo. get back in the car and second town, avenue victor hugo. this is incredible. this is why we do the research. i'm feeling him in my bones. third down i realize that main street in every town in france is avenue victor hugo. literally every town. but next time i will do the slide show of my trip. 53 pictures. >> your poor kids throughout the whole thing. dad an
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Dec 26, 2012 7:00am PST
every american family will see their taxes increase on january 1 unless a deal is reached. but lawmakers are expressing very little optimism so far. meantime, the president spent christmas in hawaii, visiting a local marine base, thanking more than 100 troops and their families for their service. >>> and this morning, the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing at a major u.s. base in eastern afghanistan. three afghans, including a guard at camp chatman were killed in today's explosion. >>> and back here at home, former major league baseball player andruw jones is free on bond this morning. he was arrested near atlanta early christmas morning on a battery charge, after police responded to a call about a domestic dispute with his wife. >>> and netflix, they are apologizing for a christmas outage in its video streaming service. yes, it happened on christmas, a little untimely. it took ten hours to resolve the problem, which affected subscribers across the country. the company says it stemmed from a failure at amazon, which hosts the netflix servers. >>> and a fea
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Dec 27, 2012 4:00pm PST
matthews brings us up to speed on gridlock. >> sticking point continues to be tax cuts z in starting to look like no deal before the january 1 deadline. this may already be too late. five days until the fiscal cliff. hairy reid admitted a deal seems unlikely. >> i have to be honest. i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reid called john boehner a dictateor and paintin painting -- pointing blame on him. >> we're here in washington working. wile members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and baseball. john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership. >> the republican leader says the democrats have failed. the only reason democrats have been trying to deflect attention on to me and my colleagues over the past few weeks is that they zront a plan of their own. >> the president return forward a last minute push before leaving on vacation in hawaii. he had separate phone conversations but it isn't clear talks helped. >> hopefully there is time for an agreement of some kind. >> washington's failure threatens to u
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Dec 30, 2012 9:00am PST
cliff with massive spending cuts and tax hikes cut to automatically kick in. lawmakers will get down to work starting at 10:00 this morning our time. senate negotiators are trying to come up with a last-minute compromise to present to the house. president obama says any bipartisan bill has to extend unemployment benefits, affecting some 2 million americans. he says it must increase taxes on the highest income earners. the president knows neither side is going to get everything they want, and he thinks it's time for house republicans to compromise. it is very important for republicans in congress to say we aren't going to get 100%, at the need to compromise in order to solve problems. >> if there is enough in the agreement for republicans to be able to support it, and we can get a majority of republicans in the senate and a majority of democrats in the senate, then i think there's a good opportunity for a majority of democrats and republicans in the house. >> well, the stock markets appear to be betting against a compromise deal. the dow plunged 158 points on friday after dropping every
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Dec 24, 2012 7:00am PST
everyone's taxes will go up. rather than moving together, the two sides seem to be literally moving further apart. the president in hawaii for the holiday, congress left the capital with no deal in sight. jon karl is in washington. they needed to get it done before new year's to see this thing get done. has the time to have that happen already passed? >> well, it's getting -- there's not much hope out there. i gotta tell you. just over a week left, josh. and the speaker of the house and the president did not even speak over the weekend. the last time they had a conversation was a brief phone conversation on friday. no signs of progress on anything since then. there wasn't much before, as you know. now the white house is looking at a fallback plan. just a stop-gap bill they're hoping congress would do that would delay the tax increases on people making over $250,000 from going into effect. it would extend unemployment benefits and delay spending cuts going into effect on january 1st. even accomplishing that will be difficult. congress comes back two days after christmas. that gives t
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Dec 28, 2012 7:00am PST
. everybody's taxes will be going up if we go over it. drastic budget cuts will be going into effect. and leaders in washington have agreed to talk there's a meeting scheduled this afternoon at the white house. abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl, joins us now to tell us what we can expect today. both sides agreeing to meet. we want to take a listen to sound from both sides. the looks of things, no one may be getting too far down the road. first, let's listen to what senate minority leader mitch mcconnell said yesterday on the senate floor. >> i told the president we'd be happy to look at what he proposes. but the truth is, we're coming up against a hard deadline here. and republicans aren't going to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> meanwhile, the senate majority leader, now, had even harsher words for gop leadership. >> the house of representatives is operating out the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majorit
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Dec 22, 2012 11:00pm PST
president is now hoping to get a small deal. stepped middle class tax rates, extend some unemployment benefits and agree to a framework for a big deal. >> that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> can it? consider speaker boehner's other words which are really echoing about making a deal. >> how we get, god only knows. >> the president waisted no time getting into vikes mode. the played golf an saturday. white house officials say staff members from both side will exchange e-mails and phone calls over the next couple of days. congress is expected to be back at work on thursday. abc news, the white house. >> ama: public visitation is underway for the late senator dan all inouye in washington, dc. the casket arrived in honolulu today. inouye who lost an arm in world war ii and was the first japanese american to be elected to senate, died on wednesday. >> a boston police officer claimed she was just doing his job when he dove into icy waters to save a drowning woman. someone used a cell phone to capture the officer's heroics. he heard a woman crying for help yesterday i
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Dec 23, 2012 2:00am PST
. stepped middle class tax rates, extend some unemployment benefits and agree to a framework for a big deal. >> that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> can consider spe it? consider speaker boehner's other words which are really echoing about making a deal. >> how we get, god only knows. >> the president waisted no time getting into vikes mode. the played golf an saturday. white house officials say staff members from both side will exchange e-mails and phone calls over the next couple of days. congress is expected to be back at work on thursday. abc news, the white house. >> ama: public visitation is underway for the late senator dan all inouye in washington, dc. the casket arrived in honolulu today. inouye who lost an arm in world war ii and was the first japanese american to be elected to senate, died on wednesday. >> a boston police officer claimed she was just doing his job when he dove into icy waters to save a drowning woman. someone used a cell phone to capture the officer's heroics. he heard a woman crying for help yesterday in boston's four point channel so he
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Dec 29, 2012 5:00pm PST
fiscal cliff. three days now until higher taxes for all. will there be a deal? as americans and their 401(k)s already taking a hit, paying a brice because of that standoff. >>> crash landing. the jet that skidded off the runway nearly smashing into a crowded highway. >>> and back in the game. the football coach whose battle off the field inspired a major turnaround on it. and tonight, he's about to return.
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Dec 23, 2012 8:00am PST
roundtable with newark mayor cory booker, anti-tax activist and nra board member grover norquist, peggy noonan of "the wall street journal" and katrina vanden heuvel from "the nation." >>> hello, again. the president and congress are off for christmas fleeing a capitol filled with political rancor and political dysfunction. fiscal cliff talks have completely collapsed. questions about the president's new national security team has forced him to announce the appointments piecemeal and the nra's first response to the tragedy in newtown provoked a fierce debate. we'll cover that starting with the nra's choice to lead a national effort to protect schools, former congressman, asa hutchinson. good morning, mr. hutchinson. thanks for joining us this morning. >> hi. >> you emphasized at the press conference friday you will be independent. but as you begin your effort, this national school shield, initiative, i wonder if you agree with the analysis of the problem laid out by wayne lapierre who says americans have to face this truth. take a look. >> politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones
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Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm PST
lower tax bracket. tim cook got a stock bonus worth $376 million last year will take home just over $4 million this year. and he got the same 200% bonus as other top april executives. >> more stockings stuffed with mobile devices more tablets ak ti vaited over the holidays. and app down loads more than tripled on christmas day. >> still ahead did you know clothes you wear with affect your health? >> coming up a warning from fashion r9%a+Ñ on what could happen if >>> all right we have a health warning about a fashion item. doctors warning about a phone shallly painful side affect of the ultratight skinny jeans >> check out my skinny jeans. closet is filled of skinny jeans. >> i can wear boots over, and just during daytime, you can wear them with flats. or, jazz them up. >> she admits it's st sm times a struggle squeezing into them. >> they can be hard to get on. >> more than an inconvenience smrks warn a tight fit could cause nerve damage. >> this is called is a disorder that qhurz one of the nerves into the outer part of the thigh gets compressed. pressure on it causes symptoms of con
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Dec 22, 2012 6:00am PST
taxes would impact her family. >> my mom, she has to pay a lot of money, they have to get a lot me and my siblings. >> the first graders are writing their own letters with a few simple requests for the president. give us puppies and as president you should wear jeans. >> the letters will be mailed out before the holidays and while students know the president is pretty busy, they do expect him to respond. >> please take time to write back. i think you'll have a big impact on our country. >> reporter: sealed, signed and soon to be delivered. lyanne melendez, "abc 7 news". >> ama: we're dealing with a marriage storm in this morning. wind as severe as the rain and maybe more so. >> thunderstorms and gusty winds. rain is through santa rosa but heavy rain a across the bay. we're not out of it yet. another hour or two and we will have our break. that is on tap for this morning and the afternoon hours and more on the way tomorrow. >> big move for the exploratorium. it's packing up as it prepares for the future. >> katie: welcome back. it's 6:46. you are looking at live heavenly in tahoe. gusty
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Dec 28, 2012 5:00am PST
capitol hill hoping to avoid the fiscal cliff. spending cuts and tax hikes will go into effect unless lawmakers can broker a deal. >> reporter:cx$z president obama will4zkn:eÑ with congressional leaders later today at the white house. it may be too late for a deal. there are just four days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. >> i have to be honest mr. president, i don't know timewise how it can happen now.((?u >> reporter: harry reid lashed out at house speaker bane area out at house speaker bane area caution him ofrm" dictatorship. >> boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> reporter: republicans blame democrats. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank cheque or anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. that wouldn't be fair to the american people. >> reporter: president obama flew home early from his speaker boehner call the house back into town for an unusual sunday session. members of congress understand the 11th hour actions may not be enough to app
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Dec 22, 2012 5:00am PST
to know how president how higher taxes would impact her family. >> my mom, has to pay a lot of money important me and my siblings. >> the first graders at this school are writing their own letters with a few simple requests for the president. give us puppies and as president you should wear jeans. >> the letters will be mailed out before the holidays and students know the president is pretty busy they do expect him to respond. >> i think you'll have a big impact on our country. >> reporter: sealed, signed and soon to be delivered. >> katie: lisa argen keeping track of the storm this morning. >> we're looking at a break in the next couple of hours, we have thunderstorms, rain and wind. if you look at the toll plaza you can see light rain. the winds have been gusting to over 50 miles an hour. thunderstorms rolling through the santa cruz mountains and heavier rain in the north bay. we'll put it together for you and little break is on the way. >> it looks like people are taking their time out there. also ahead, big move for the san francisco exploratorium as it prepares for the future. >
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Dec 26, 2012 6:00pm PST
change your tax strategy. advice coming up from michael finney. stay with us. we have a lot more to get to. >>> the health of former president george hw bush is a growing concern. the 88-year-old transfered to houston methodist hospital. he's been at the center ever since a lot of month because of a chronic cough. but he's been fighting a high fever for days. this morning he was put on a liquides only diet. >> no one puts new icu because things are going well we're hoping medicine was help him turn things around. >> barbara bush spent christmas by his side, former president george w bush expected to visit incoming days. >> retailers reeling tonight after holiday sales missed marks. they were expecting shoppers to spend 2% more than last year but turns out sales grew less than 1%. very disappointing. david with, a look the impact on the economy. >> there is no doubt that this is a real blow but kboitsing to impact people making goods retailers put on shelves. dispatting growth is likely tied to conservative gifting. >> i didn't get as many gifts but smaller gifts that meant more. >>
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Dec 29, 2012 5:30pm PST
. as lawmakers take us right up to that fiscal cliff. this evening, three days to go before taxes go up for all americans. will the president's pressure on congress bring in a deal? let's bring in jon karl on this. jon, are they any closer? >> a little closer, but they are certainly not there yet. tonight, congressional leaders are making one last-ditch effort to keep most americans from waking up to a big tax like on new year's day. with just three days left, finally a glimmer of hope. >> i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> whatever we come up with it's going to be imperfect. some people aren't going to a like it. >> reporter: right now, it's all in the hands of the two senate leaders. democratic harry reid and republican mitch mcconnell. they're working on a mini-deal that would prevent a tax increase for roughly 98% of american workers. extend unemployment benefits that are set to expire for some 2 million people. and prevent a huge cut in payments to medicare doctors. what took so long? >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. thi
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